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The Nightmare Years 

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Based on the historical work "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "The Nightmare Years" tells the story of William Shirer, American journalist who, during his days of correspondence as a... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Bill Bailey Bill Bailey ...  Knick Knickerbocker 4 episodes, 1989
Frances Barber ...  Helga Bauer 4 episodes, 1989
Péter Benkö Péter Benkö ...  Putzi's Agent 4 episodes, 1989
Bruce Boa ...  Nick Roosevelt 4 episodes, 1989
Ottilia Borbáth Ottilia Borbáth ...  Nurse 4 episodes, 1989
Flavio Bucci ...  Dr. Fleischmann 4 episodes, 1989
Ken Butler ...  Bob Best 4 episodes, 1989
Georges Claisse Georges Claisse ...  Dr. Obermann 4 episodes, 1989
Antal Cserna Antal Cserna ...  Baggage Inspector 4 episodes, 1989
Angéla Császár Angéla Császár ...  Sarah Schneider 4 episodes, 1989
Mirella D'Angelo ...  Karin 4 episodes, 1989
Gillian Eaton ...  Agnes Kickerbocker 4 episodes, 1989
Keith Edwards Keith Edwards ...  Ralph Barnes 4 episodes, 1989
Anna Fehér Anna Fehér ...  Nazi Woman 4 episodes, 1989
Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick ...  Jeff Higgins 4 episodes, 1989
Anna Galiena ...  Ruth Klauber 4 episodes, 1989
Zoltán Gera ...  Walter Schwertfader 4 episodes, 1989
Walter Gotell ...  Gen. Von Fritsch 4 episodes, 1989
Garrick Hagon ...  Edward R. Murrow 4 episodes, 1989
Günther Maria Halmer ...  Kellenbach 4 episodes, 1989
Alexander Harborne Alexander Harborne ...  Ernest Schneider 4 episodes, 1989
Anne Harrington Anne Harrington ...  Anne 4 episodes, 1989
Jerry Harte Jerry Harte ...  Seymour Berkson 4 episodes, 1989
Basil Henson Basil Henson ...  Lord Stanwood 4 episodes, 1989
Greg Hicks ...  Sculptor 4 episodes, 1989
György ifj. Gonda György ifj. Gonda ...  Shirer's Agent 4 episodes, 1989
Courtney Ingersoll Courtney Ingersoll ...  Petra Schneider 4 episodes, 1989
Donna Ingersoll Donna Ingersoll ...  Harriet 4 episodes, 1989
Frederick Jaeger ...  Wilfred Bade 4 episodes, 1989
Peter Jeffrey ...  Norman Ebbutt 4 episodes, 1989
Marthe Keller ...  Tess Shirer 4 episodes, 1989
Cecelia Kindelan Cecelia Kindelan ...  Eileen Shirer 4 episodes, 1989
Xaver Kreichbaum Xaver Kreichbaum ...  Paul Schneider 4 episodes, 1989
Ronald Lacey ...  Emil Luger 4 episodes, 1989
Antal Leisen ...  Vendor 4 episodes, 1989
Andras Marlon Andras Marlon ...  Emil Maas 4 episodes, 1989
Lajos Mezey Lajos Mezey ...  Sweeper 4 episodes, 1989
Christopher Muncke ...  Peter Butler 4 episodes, 1989
Gábor Nagy Gábor Nagy ...  Lt. Wolfe 4 episodes, 1989
Ronald Pickup ...  Putzi Hanfstaengl 4 episodes, 1989
Gábor Reviczky Gábor Reviczky ...  Col. Keller 4 episodes, 1989
Shane Rimmer ...  Ambassador Dodd 4 episodes, 1989
David Sibley David Sibley ...  Jan Muller 4 episodes, 1989
Kati Sir Kati Sir ...  Ellen Wilkinson 4 episodes, 1989
Kurtwood Smith ...  Dr. Josef Goebbels 4 episodes, 1989
John Steiner ...  Reverend Lenz 4 episodes, 1989
Pip Torrens ...  Major Radford 4 episodes, 1989
Tamás Tóth Tamás Tóth ...  Censor 4 episodes, 1989
Vara Venezei Vara Venezei ...  Mrs. Lenz 4 episodes, 1989
Sam Waterston ...  Bill Shirer 4 episodes, 1989
Steven White Steven White ...  Pete 4 episodes, 1989
Peter Whitman Peter Whitman ...  Victor Schneider 4 episodes, 1989
Michael Wolf ...  Herman Goering 4 episodes, 1989
Madeleine Wynne Madeleine Wynne ...  Martha Dodd 4 episodes, 1989
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Based on the historical work "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich", "The Nightmare Years" tells the story of William Shirer, American journalist who, during his days of correspondence as a foreign press in report in 1930s Germany, had to deal with the growing oppression of the Nazi regime, the increasing censorship of the press, and finally the prospect of World War. In the last days of peace, Shirer also struggles to have his German wife and child escape to the United States Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

17 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Años de pesadilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Well worth watching
10 December 2008 | by dineroukSee all my reviews

A must for students and others interested in the 2nd World War, especially the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Nazi's. Sam Waterston was tremendous in the leading role and well supported by Marthe Keller as his wife, while Ronald Pickup deserves a mention as 'putzi' Hanfstaengl, an old acquaintance of Hitlers in the early days. Although it was somewhat embellished here and there, it is a faithful enough depiction that keeps all viewers engrossed at the absurdities of Herr Goebbels' propaganda machine.

While the length of the movie at almost 6 hours may seem over-long for some, it is just about enough given the content, which spans Shirer's first visit to Berlin (1934) since he left 10 years earlier; and there is more than enough action and suspense to keep the movie from flagging; gradually pulling one into the 'nightmare' that was the 3rd Reich.


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